Well this post is long overdue! Last month I went to meet the lovely creators of Gandys Flip Flops. Gandys is a unique flip flop brand started by two passionate young brothers, Paul and Rob Forkan. The brothers were tragically orphaned by the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004, which they narrowly survived themselves. Following this, they wanted to do something worthwhile which led them to start up Gandys where they give back 10% of the profits to Mango Tree House in India, which helps orphans education and healthcare. But they don't stop there. The brothers hope to open an orphanage in their parents’ memory and eventually spread their work even further than this initial orphanage planned in India.
So, why flip flops? Well we all know that when we go on holiday, flip flops are the main staple piece that we take with us, but these flip flops have a passport embossed stamp into the sole, adding purpose to the steps that you take and actually becoming a part of the 'orphans for orphans' journey. Each flip flop is cleverly named associating the colour with a place (Tokyo Red, Phi Phi Pink are just some examples.) I was lucky to get a pair of 'Brighton Blue' as I go there quite a lot throughout the year so thought, it makes sense. I plan on getting the Miami pink ones for my holiday in August too. Woop. It's quite nice to have the colour/name of the flip flops of the place you are travelling to as well. There's more meaning behind it.
It was such a pleasure to meet such down to earth people at the Gandys offices. It is literally a fun house, with the coolest sofa I have ever seen. On the day I went down I met Paul and at 23, cannot believe how much he has achieved, it really is quite inspirational and I am so glad to be sharing these wonderful flip flops with you. They retail at £19.99 which is great value especially when you know that 10% of the profits will be helping those who really need it. Spread the Gandy love everyone. Mwah xxxx